| Sep 28, 2010
Nex time you gather for a family reunion, consider sharing something more important than Aunt Martha's macaroni salad recipe.
It's important to know your family medical history, and large family gatherings are the best place to gather the details,...
| Aug 25, 2010
In some cases, obese children should be removed from their homes, according to a group of child health specialists from England and Ireland.
If parents fail to provide medical treatment for a child with a chronic disease like asthma or epilepsy,...
| Aug 20, 2010
Los Angeles is earning a reputation as a hotbed of raves — those dance parties that sometimes last all night and feature pulsing electronic music, light shows and recreational drugs. In addition to drawing tens of thousands of young people to...
| Jul 19, 2010
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Is it possible to cure postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)? My 15-year-old granddaughter has recently been diagnosed with POTS.
ANSWER: A cure for POTS doesn't exist at this time. Fortunately, teenagers—a group...
| Aug 30, 2010
Most kids have a well-child medical check-up once a year. That's what the experts recommend for school-age children and teenagers. But one medical group suggests that teenage girls should have two annual preventive health visits: one a general checkup...
| Jun 25, 2010
As a native New Yorker living in Dundalk, Evelyn Lugo uses e-mail to keep in touch with friends and family in the Northeast. As an accounting student at Strayer University, she uses it to communicate with her professors.
So as a parent, why shouldn't she...
| Sep 22, 2010
Despite the health profession clamoring for everyone to exercise, primary-care physicians are often responsible for quashing the very fitness efforts they purport to embrace.
Many people report having gone to their personal physicians to seek treatment...
| Jul 20, 2010
Every five years the American public gets a newly tweaked directive on what we're supposed to be eating.
And every five years the American public largely ignores it.
For example, the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend we eat 2 1/2 cups of...
| Apr 21, 2010
The Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a report recommending that adults do muscle-strengthening exercises for all major muscle groups at least twice a week. That's on top of at least 150 minutes of moderate (or 75 minutes of...
| Jul 14, 2010
Lucille Morris was in her mid-50s when she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Not long after, she began experiencing pain and numbness in her feet from neuropathy.
Walking felt painful and wobbly.
"Sometimes my feet feel like they're frozen and are...
| Sep 1, 2010
Despite a worldwide campaign for circumcision to slow the spread of AIDS, the rate of circumcision among U.S. baby boys appears to be declining.
A little-noted presentation by a federal health researcher last month at the International AIDS Conference in...